New welfare laws for animal businesses

New welfare laws for animal businesses

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New welfare laws mean more people who run animal businesses must register with their local council soon.

Dog day boarders, keepers of exhibition animals and some dog breeders must contact Tewkesbury Borough Council ahead of Government legislation which will become law in just a few months’ time.

On October 1, these groups will be covered by the The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 and anyone who does not register could be guilty of an offence.

Anyone who operates a business where dogs are looked after away from their home during the day will need a licence from October 1.

People who keep exhibition animals in the course of their business for educational or entertainment purposes will need to register too – this includes businesses such as falconry displays, dove releases, animal encounter experiences, or pat-a-pony days, for example.

And dog breeders who breed three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period and/or breed dogs and advertise a business selling dogs must also register.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: “If any of our Tewkesbury Borough businesses board animals during the day, breed dogs for sale, or keep exhibition animals, please get in touch as government regulations are changing. Come October, you could find yourself in breach of the law so please do plan ahead and contact the council now for advice or to arrange your licence.”

The full guidance for the new regulations is due in September.

Anyone whose business falls within these criteria must contact Tewkesbury Borough Council on: 01684 272191 or

The legislation can be viewed in full here: